Impiety - Ravage & Conquer
Just to be able to namedrop, let's point out that drummer Necro-Angelfornicator stands out for stellar work on the latest from Singapore's Impiety. But to be serious, the clear, buzzsaw thrash that makes "Ravage & Conquer" such a success is underpinned throughout by the rhythm section, once which often performs the impossible in its relentless pace. The guitars almost seem to be lagging behind, especially in intensity.
On "Revelation Decimation" the drumming is a revelation, setting the pace for the impassioned vocals and (mostly) equally furious guitars. But here, as throughout, the intensity is often interrupted by misplaced guitar hero shredding; the band is much more lethal when it sticks to its wall of sound, as it does on "Weaponized" and "Legacy Of Savagery." Malmsteen-it is threatens to fatally undermine "The Scourge Majesty," but the riff is just too massive to succumb. Not so "Salve The Goat," where another wearying monster groove fades away too often during pointless solos.
"Ravage & Conquer" is the eighth full-length release from Impiety, and shows that singer Shyaithan, drummer you know who and company still know how to deliver a massive thrash catharsis. Black Metal never sounded so groove-y and sublime as when Impiety are on a roll. More often than not, they are on one hell of a roll here. This would be even more of a career highlight without the six-string noodling.
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